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Welcome to the Writing Contest General Discussion





For every contest there is a discussion, and now there is a thread for general discussions of the Contest section, as well. Feel free to direct any general feedback or questions here! This is not Moderator Supported. Please keep discussion relevant to the associated topic. All other Guild posting rules also apply.
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I noticed there was no General Discussion for the Contest section. So, bada bing! bada zing!
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Well I've mentioned ideas for contests that I thought would be interesting already. And there still ones I'd love to see happen.

Because there's no reason for me not to say it at this point. I do wish there was more people putting effort into these overall. From clear/kept rules, number of participants and the actual writing itself. To even the explanation of the voting process and obviously more writers/roleplayers interested in their own forum activities. Because I like reading creative writing and I love to see people take risks and be clever. And when I'm able to explain why something is good or bad based on the material, rather the person creating it, it only improves my abilities and with the intention anyone who reads it for advice.

Though obviously that's likely just my two solemn cents...

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As stated before, I think the contest managers just need to be a bit more diligent in releasing contests at regular intervals. If doing one contest a month is too hard, then maybe one every other month. A month for entries and a month for voting. I've seen the bi monthly contests done on a few forums and they work well. Other than that, I think the contests themselves are fine.

I think it's stupid to put any sort of expectations on contestants or the people who vote on them, beyond the rules the organizers put in place. At this point, we should be happy to have any contestants, and people who actually take the time to read and review everyone's work deserve nothing but the utmost respect. Admitting heavy bias, as such is my typical role in these things.

@Frizan If it's all the same to you, I'd like to start running my own "Character Contest," which would be something in the spirit of the last character sheet contest Nutty hosted. I doubt I'll be running them much later than June-July, but it's just something I'd like to try my hand at. I'm not sure if I need your permission or not, but here I am asking for it.
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At this point, we should be happy to have any contestants, and people who actually take the time to read and review everyone's work deserve nothing but the utmost respect.


I actually agree with that entirely.

If it's all the same to you, I'd like to start running my own "Character Contest," which would be something in the spirit of the last character sheet contest Nutty hosted. I doubt I'll be running them much later than June-July, but it's just something I'd like to try my hand at. I'm not sure if I need your permission or not, but here I am asking for it.


Actually, on that note. I know contest mods are supposed to be a thing. But I think a little community boosting may do the contest section some good. I mean let's assume some people haven't participated in contests because they didn't care for the individual topic given per month. With more than one contest open, more tastes and views can be found. At this point, getting even a few more people interested in it generally may do some good. I'd be in favor of allowing interested parties to create their own contests. Would certainly trouble/burden you less? @Frizan
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There was a time, I think when the Twelve Labours contest was being held, when the contests were advertised in the column on the right side of the screen. I don't know how or through what channels that was done, but that is a place that gets the attention of people. I don't think many people scroll down all the way to the contest section.

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Something I try to do when I remember is to make a status update about the contest. That promotes it in the status bar, so pretty much everyone sees it before it's inevitably forced off.
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Depending on the time of the day, a status update might be forced off rather quickly, but it is better than no advertisment at all.
It's a good idea, I will start doing that too.

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@RPGC could make a status update once or twice a day depending on traffic.
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I made the character contest. I must be an absolute mad man.

But yea, let me know how I did. I'm expecting a small turnout, with the next ones coming along better.
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@BrokenPromise, you are like wow, and I wanna be your friend forever and ever and ever, now.
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I made the character contest. I must be an absolute mad man.

But yea, let me know how I did. I'm expecting a small turnout, with the next ones coming along better.


I wish you luck! Sorry about not responding to your request earlier, been working ten hour days this week and I don't work a very relaxing job so I've been going to work, getting home and just crashing immediately. But it was on my list of priorities though, Promise! I promise!

If anyone else has ideas for mini-contests I suppose one could call them, PM me or tag me in this thread and I'll get back to you as soon as possible.
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@Frizan 'tsall cool fam.

something I did notice, and this one I'll leave up to you, but we have a whole subforum made for discussions that isn't being used. I really think that we should start using that for the discussion threads, and maybe even move this over, just so that contests don't get burred by the rapid-fire nature of discussion threads.
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So that contest was a blast to run! Already got the second one mostly done, and it should be up relatively soon.

I wasn't expecting this many contestants, but I'm a little bummed that we didn't get a single vote from outside the contest. But I guess the events just have to keep getting bigger for that to happen.
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@BrokenPromise, it was really fun! And, not to be cliche even if I am pretty cliche in which (maybe) it cannot be helped: Thank you for hosting these contests!
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It was a fun contest, thanks for hosting it BrokenPromise.

Is anyone participating in RPGC 22?
I already mentioned in the discussion that I probably wouldn't submit something (still haven't been able to come up with anything), but the deadline is closing in and I haven't seen any entries yet.
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@Calle, I am working on an entry and (still) brainstorming ideas, which means it might not be finished. With that said, maybe an incomplete entry will be submitted just for the sake of entering.
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@Calle

Ideas are brewing. Whether I'm able to slide an entry in is debatable, but the attempt will be made.
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@Gwynbleidd@Briza@Frizan@SleepingSilence@Ruby@Odin@Spambot@Calle

Now's our chance to show Mahz people care about the contest section:

roleplayerguild.com/posts/4872177

I'm personally asking for the title system to come back, or a badge system, but feel free to give your own ideas

roleplayerguild.com/posts/4872237
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